For nearly a decade, families have been unfairly blocked from accessing affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace due to the longstanding “family glitch.” On behalf of these patients and families, we are elated to say that the injustice ends today.
Now, after years of our advocacy to fix this problem and as a result of the Biden Administration’s actions, if employer-sponsored coverage is unaffordable, family members can purchase high-quality, affordable coverage through the Healthcare.gov Marketplace instead.
Any lawsuits attempting to block this rule threaten the health of millions of families, including children, and would erect unnecessary barriers for those who need lifesaving care. Moreover, legal scholars and lawmakers agree that fixing the family glitch is consistent with the intentions of Congress when it passed the ACA more than a decade ago.
In addition to ours and other organizations representing children, families and patients, the rule has received widespread support from a diverse set of stakeholders, including healthcare providers, insurers, employers, and state officials.
As healthcare costs rise, along with the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance, it is essential that families have access to quality and affordable coverage. Studies repeatedly link high-quality health coverage to patients’ overall health and a reduction in health disparities. Fixing the family glitch will improve the health of families.
Our organizations are deeply committed to ensuring the family glitch is fixed. Patients’ lives depend on it.
American Heart Association
American Kidney Fund
American Lung Association
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Hemophilia Federation of America
Immune Deficiency Foundation
Lupus Foundation of America
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Eczema Association
National Health Council
National Hemophilia Foundation
National Kidney Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Organization for Rare Disorders
National Patient Advocate Foundation
Susan G. Komen
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.